By seeing a family physician, you have an opportunity to develop a strong relationship with a doctor that knows your needs and gets to know you over a long period of time.
As a physician, you have to be open to learning from patients because everybody experiences their illness differently. And, everybody comes with a different set of surrounding circumstances that impact their lifestyle. So it’s important to be aware of that so that I can know how I can help them in a grander scope.
There’s a very large Latino population in the city of Chicago and many of them are not bilingual — they speak only Spanish. So, it’s very useful for me to be able to communicate with them directly and serve their needs and understand them in a deeper cultural manner.